The Economics of Sleep, Part 1 (Ep. 211): Full Transcript

This is a transcript of the Freakonomics Radio podcast “Economics of Sleep, Part 1.” [MUSIC: Donvision, “Flip Flop”] We begin in Brownsville, Brooklyn, at the Brownsville Multi-Service Family Health Center. Graciela PHLATTS: Good afternoon. Graciela Phlatts — she goes by Grace — is a nurse and the clinic’s director of nursing. She was born in Panama, […]

A Better Way to Eat (Ep. 173 Rebroadcast): Full Transcript

This is a transcript of the Freakonomics Radio podcast “A Better Way To Eat (Rebroadcast).” [MUSIC: Tony Flynn, “Star Spangled Banner”] Hey podcast listeners … hope you’re having, or have already had, a great Fourth of July. When you think of Independence Day, what comes to mind? The Declaration of Independence, perhaps, and all those tetchy […]

Is It Okay for Restaurants to Racially Profile Their Employees? (Ep. 210): Full Transcript

This is a transcript of the Freakonomics Radio podcast “Is It Okay for Restaurants to Racially Profile Their Employees?” Stephen J. DUBNER: Hey Levitt, pretend for a minute you’ve decided to open up a restaurant. Can you imagine that? Steven LEVITT: Sure, easy to imagine something like that. DUBNER: Would you enjoy it? LEVITT: No, I […]

Make Me a Match (Ep. 209): Full Transcript

This is a transcript of the Freakonomics Radio podcast “Make Me A Match.” [MUSIC: Greg Ruby, “Someone Told Me Your Secret” (from The Rhythm Runners)] Alvin E. ROTH: Okay, I’m Al Roth and I’m a professor of economics at Stanford. For many years, Roth had taught economics at Harvard. But he and his wife, who’s a […]

Making Sex Offenders Pay — and Pay and Pay and Pay (Ep. 208): Full Transcript

This is a transcript of the Freakonomics Radio podcast “Making Sex Offenders Pay — and Pay and Pay and Pay.” [MUSIC: Donvision; “Indian Summer”] Jake SWARTZ: Hey guys. I just finished my MA in Forensic Psychology at John Jay and started an internship in a new city… I spend most of my days hanging out […]

Should We Really Behave Like Economists Say We Do? (Ep. 207): Full Transcript

This is a transcript of the Freakonomics Radio podcast “Should We Really Behave Like Economists Say We Do?”   [MUSIC: Milan Grajetzki, “A Fistful of Soul” (from Good Life)] Stephen J. DUBNER: All right. Let’s start with your name. Greg ROSALSKY: My name is Greg Rosalsky. DUBNER: To people who listen to this program — especially […]

Tell Me Something I Don’t Know (Ep. 183 Rebroadcast): Full Transcript

This is a transcript of the Freakonomics Radio podcast “Tell Me Something I Don’t Know.” Hey, podcast listeners. The episode you’re about to hear is called Tell Me Something I Don’t Know. It’s a rebroadcast of a live game show we put on last fall. As you’ll hear, it was a lot of fun in […]

Failure Is Your Friend Rebroadcast Full Transcript

This is a transcript of the Freakonomics Radio podcast “Failure Is Your Friend.” [MUSIC: Ken Morrison, “Hummingbird Highway”] SJD NARR: Hey podcast listeners. This is Stephen Dubner, your host. This episode is about  failure. We originally put it out last year but in case you failed to listen then — see what I did there? […]

Ten Years of Freakonomics (Ep. 206): Full Transcript

This is a transcript of the Freakonomics Radio podcast “Ten Years of Freakonomics.” [MUSIC: Matthew Tishler, “Two of a Kind” (from Radio Hits)] Stephen J. DUBNER: You rolling? Suzie LECHTENBERG: Yeah. DUBNER: Hey Levitt. Steven LEVITT: Dubner. DUBNER: You nervous? LEVITT: No, I’m not nervous. We’ve done this before. DUBNER: What have we done before? […]

Think Like a Child Rebroadcast Full Transcript

This is a transcript of the Freakonomics Radio podcast rebroadcast “Think Like a Child.” [MUSIC: Kero One, “I Never Thought That We” (from Early Believers)] Hello podcast listener. This is Stephen Dubner. On May 5, Steve Levitt and I are publishing a new book, called When to Rob a Bank: … and 131 Other Warped […]